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AISD Responds to Bond Election

KUT News
At their headquarters on West Sixth tonight, AISD will consider the role the STAASR test should play in determining students' grades.

Austin Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen said voters sent a message to the school board in this Saturday’s bond election: Work with what you have.

Carstarphen said that the $490 million approved for Austin schools will help the district focus on what she called “critical needs.” But she added that voters’ rejection of Propositions 2 and 4 could mean that AISD will use cost-saving measures.

"We have to have a conversation about policies and practices," Carstarphen said. "Whether that’s transfers and boundaries, or any other approaches to our work that we’ve used before – like portables and things of that sort – will come back on the table.”

While the vote may not ease overcrowding in AISD schools, Carstarphen added that all district facilities should see “a bit of a facelift” by next school year. She added that despite the failure of props 2 and 4, the district is still "ecstatic" about the results.

“I think that our taxpayers – in one of the toughest economies that we’ve seen as a nation, under the toughest public education reductions the state has seen since the World Wars, and one of the toughest taxing environments in the state of Texas,  for Austin – we have an amazing commitment from good people of Austin doing the right thing for kids,” Carstarphen said.

Andrew Weber is a general assignment reporter for KUT, focusing on criminal justice, policing, courts and homelessness in Austin and Travis County. Got a tip? You can email him at Follow him on Twitter @England_Weber.
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